About the Honourable Senator Yvonne Boyer
Senator Boyer is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario with her ancestral roots in the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Red River.
With a background in nursing, including in the operating room, she has over 22 years of experience practicing law and publishing extensively on the topics of Indigenous health and how Aboriginal rights and treaty law intersects on the health of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Saskatchewan and received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan, and her Master of Laws and Doctor of Laws from the University of Ottawa. In 2013, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre at the University of Regina. She was a full professor and former Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Health and Wellness at Brandon University.
In addition to running her own law practice, she came to the Senate of Canada from the University of Ottawa, where she was the Associate Director for the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and a part time professor in the Faculty of Law. She worked previously as general counsel to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, legal advisor to the Canadian Nurses Protective Society, and an executive with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the National Aboriginal Health Organization.
Among many others, Senator Boyer has served on the boards of the Minwaashin Lodge Indigenous Women’s Support Centre, the Champlain Local Integrated Health Network and Save the Children Canada. She is a former Canadian Human Rights Commissioner and an appointed Member of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, First Nations Appeal Tribunal. Senator Boyer is one of eight people from across Canada chosen to be a holographic narrator in the Turning Points for Humanity Gallery at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. Her ongoing work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a 2018 Honorary Doctorate in Education from Nipissing University.
Senator Boyer was appointed to the Senate on March 8, 2018, International Women’s Day. She resides near the beautiful village of Merrickville, Ontario with her husband Marv Fletcher and their two dogs and three cats. She is the mother of four children and has four grandchildren.
Affiliation: Independent Senators Group
Staff: Veronica Carrozzi; Rod Leggett